WolfPack softball has 10-5 start on the season

Clarion Staff Report

Although their home season hasn’t started yet, the Madison College softball team has already had an eight-game winning streak and a three-game losing streak. 

Soggy weather cancelled the last four games of the WolfPack’s annual Florida spring break trip, leaving them with an overall record of 10-5 overall. The team played seven games in Florida, winning three and losing four. 

Madison College opened the season with eight games in the North Central Community College Conference Jamboree, posting seven wins.  

The only loss in the jamboree came against defending conference champion Rock Valley College, which has also won seven-straight Division III National Championships.  

Madison College will open its home season on Sunday, March 27, with a doubleheader against Triton College. Games are scheduled for noon and 2 p.m. 

Florida Trip 

Madison College’s spring break trip opened with a pair of victories that extended the team’s winning streak to eight games. 

A performance by pitcher Casey Fountain helped the WolfPack earn a 5-1 win over Mott Community College on March 11. Fountain allowed one run on eight hits and a walk, striking out eight. First baseman Mia Noelker had a home run, a double and three RBIs to lead the offense. 

Madison College followed that game with a 4-1 victory against Niagara County Community College. This time pitchers Claire Smedema, Addison Warner and Mallory Sterling teamed up to hold Niagra to just one run. Smedema earned the win, allowing just three hits in five innings. 

Following a rain day, Madison College played an extra-inning game against Grand View University JV, losing 3-2 on March 13. Madison College scored twice in the second, but was held scoreless the rest of the way as Grand View rallied. Kianna Patterson pitched five strong innings for Madison College, allowing just one earned run on four hits. 

Madison College dominated its next game, posting eight runs in the first inning on its way to a 16-2 win in five innings over the University of Minnesota-Morris JV. Taylor VonBehren homered, while Ellie Rademacher and Makenna Gish both had doubles. Warner pitched the win, allowing two runs on four hits. 

Three errors allowed Iowa Lake Community College to score three runs in the fifth inning and claim a 5-4 victory over Madison College on March 14. Fountain took the loss, but only allowed two earned runs and five hits. Gish had a solo home run for the WolfPack, and Fountain had an RBI double. 

Polk State College took a pair of games from Madison College on March 15, winning 6-2 and 8-3. The first game saw the WolfPack held to five hits, two by Rademacher. In the second game, Madison College scored three times in the fourth inning, but was never able to take the lead. 

N4C Jamboree 

Madison College won five games by run-rule in the N4C Jamboree and posted conference wins over College of DuPage, Joliet Junior College and Milwaukee Area Technical College. Their only loss was a 14-1 thrashing by Rock Valley. 

Fountain pitched a two-hit shutout as Madison College beat College of DuPage, 7-0, to open the Jamboree on March 3. Maddie Kvatek, Rademacher and VonBehren each had doubles in the game. 

Rock Valley scored 10 runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 14-1 victory, holding Madison College to just two hits in the game. 

Five extra-base hits provided a boost for Madison College in its 9-1 win over Joliet on March 4. Gish had a home run, Myah Hennessey hit a triple and Kianna Patterson, Trista Ripp and Kvatek each hit doubles. 

Fountain and Patterson combined for a one-hit shutout as Madison College beat Milwaukee Area Technical College, 8-0, in five innings. Bri Unger and Kvatek both had triples to help lead the WolfPack. 

Madison College had 13 hits and 14 runs in a 14-1 victory over Prairie State College on March 4. Smedema pitched the win, allowing just two hits in five innings and striking out nine. Gish led the WolfPack with three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. 

A nine-run first inning provided all the scoring Madison College needed in a 13-3 victory over South Suburban College on March 5. Gish had three hits, including two doubles, and four RBIs to lead the WolfPack. Warner pitched the win, allowing just four hits. 

Madison College scored 12 runs on 12 hits in a 12-5 victory over McHenry County College on March 5. Ripp and Noelker both had two hits and a double in the game. 

Another big game followed, with Madison College winning 14-0 in five innings against Elgin Community College. The WolfPack had 13 hits in the game and scored runs in all five innings. VonBehren had a triple and two hits to lead the WolfPack.